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EMS crews respond to 2 simultaneous emergencies at Hippie Hole

Pennington County Search and Rescue operate lines to get an injured hiker out of the Black Hills.
Rockerville Volunteer Fire Department
Pennington County Search and Rescue operate lines to get an injured hiker out of the Black Hills.

Rescue personnel responded to two separate emergencies at Hippie Hole in the Black Hills.

The Rockerville Fire Department said EMS and rescue teams from the surrounding areas responded to the incidents Saturday at the popular hiking spot

One person had an injury that prevented them from hiking back out of the area. Rescue teams deployed ropes to move the hiker out of the canyon.

In the middle of that rescue, crews received another report of someone suffering from a heat emergency. They were able to get both patients to safety.

In the wake of these incidents, officials are reminding the public to be aware of the difficulty of hikes they undertake and to stay hydrated, especially in areas with minimal cell reception.

Ryan is the local host of "Morning Edition". Originally from Iowa, he first came to the Black Hills to study at SD Mines. After graduating in 2019, he was an educator in Arizona and North Dakota before returning to the Black Hills.